As Victoria drain experts, our goal is protecting your basement from water. Here are a few tips on how to keep your basement dry.
#1 Landscape ground slope away from the foundation
This keeps water from pooling against the foundation which will eventually end up in your basement. If you slope the ground away from the house it will keep water flowing away from the foundation.
#2 Properly functioning gutter and downspouts
If you don’t have gutters they will need to be installed, this is a very important step in waterproofing in Victoria BC because of the amount of precipitation we have here. If you already have gutters clean them regularly and make sure the downspout is extended a minimum of 5 feet away from the house.
#3 Use gravel and rock surrounding your house and your perimeter drain
Many issues we see with perimeter drains Victoria BC have to do with the materials used. Unfortunately materials that hold moisture will wreak havoc with basements. It’s much better to use something that doesn’t hold water- like a gravel or rock.
#4 Use Metal Window Wells
Again it’s just as much what you do on the exterior as the interior to passing drain inspections Victoria BC. Many basement windows aren’t constructed properly and will collect and retain water. To alleviate this problem use metal window wells that have been filled in with gravel or rock.
#5 Use Water Resistant Paint
It’s very true that you get what you pay for and exterior paint is no exception. Cheap paints that are non water resistant will allow water to seep through. Don’t skimp on paint, you’ll end up spending more to repaint and get rid of excess moisture.
#6 Vent Appliances Outdoors
This may seem like a no brainer but it’s amazing to see how many bathroom vents have been installed by shady contractors and not vented outside. Ensure your vents actually go outside and you’re a huge step closer to conquering your moisture problem.
#7 Use a dehumidifier
A great tool for musty basements!